Berkeley Neighborhoods Council


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BNC eNEWS, Issue 9, May 2014

Four Things You Need to Do if You Really Care About Living in a Pleasant and Safe Neighborhood

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  4. Inform your neighbors and others by distributing the BNC eNEWS to as wide a readership as possible.  We ask that you forward this to your own e-mail list, and include this same request regarding forwarding.

  5. Join in!
  6. BNC's mission is to unite neighborhoods so we will have a stronger voice in City decision-making.  No matter what neighborhood you live in, we all need to help each other — write letters, show up at meetings, send e-mails.  It won't take much of your time, but some day in some way your neighborhood will need help over some matter.  Now, is the time to build a strong citywide neighborhood base that will result in a better city for all.  It's a proven fact — a great city is built on strong neighborhoods.

  7. Attend the monthly BNC meetings!
  8. Regular meetings are held monthly on a Saturday morning.  Dates and times are sent by e-mail to all neighborhood organizations and everyone is welcome to attend.  It is here that BNC discusses and determines actions to take.  You need to be a part of those decisions.

In this issue…

  • What We're Thinking About:
    • The Neighborhood Preservation Forum, will be held Saturday June 7, at the Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave., 9:30 am for coffee, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm meeting.  See the program and participate in discussing:  What actions would help your neighborhood cope with the impacts of proposed City growth over the next few years? This is your chance to be a part of the solution instead of becoming a victim.
    • Redistricting:  Your chance to learn about why the judge chose the Council District boundaries that he selected.  Is this the end of it?
  • Neighborhood News, Round and About:
    • Residential neighborhoods near Telegraph Avenue, south of Dwight Way were thrown under the bus in the rush to increase density on Telegraph between Dwight and Bancroft.
    • Starbucks is coming to Ashby and Telegraph even though the Council denied them a permit.  How is that possible?
  • Neighborhood Forum:
    • A privately owned and operated parking structure that will incorporate the Maxwell Family Field on top is being constructed on UC land even though it is acknowledged to have a significant adverse impact.
    • Get the details about the really big-time soccer game between two European champion teams that will be held in July at Cal's Memorial Stadium.
    • News about how the City and “No on Walgreens” wants to prohibit big chain store pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens from locating too close to other existing pharmacies.
  • Featured Neighborhoods:
    • Mini-Dorms are still with us.  This time the Council acts on approving regulations for new ones.  This issue affects every neighborhood — from single family to small multi-family (R1 through R3), so you need to know what is being done and what remains to be done.
  • Outside Agencies that Affect Berkeley:
    • Proposed BNC amendments to the Open Government Ordinance move forward as a result of our complaint about the lack of information provided to the public about the “One Bay Area Plan.”
  • The Cultural Corner:
    • Is there life in outer space? Will we be able to communicate with life there? Meet the Berkeley resident who may well be able to provide the answers to these questions.
  • On the Neighborhood Food Prowl:
    • What old restaurant in the South Campus area gets a fresh new chef, serves up great seafood, and also is named to the 10 Best Hamburgers list?
  • Let's Just Get It Fixed (no section in this issue)
    • We're still waiting for answers to our last questions.
  • Letters:
    • A comment about the number of items on Council agendas and how that affects those who attend.  BNC plans to start working on suggestions to resolve this problem.
    • Obtain further information about the issues in the April eNEWS:  Your monthly garbage rates are going up, and whatever happened to the West Berkeley initiative.

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